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I believe in Scouting because…

November 10, 2011

There are thousands of reasons to believe in the Scouting program. Just think of each one of our members. Each individual’s personal successes and contributions to our overall community add up to literally thousands of reasons to believe in the values, leadership and confidence that the Scouting program builds. But I don’t want you to think about thousands of Scouts right now. I want you to think about one.

What is that Scout’s name? How do you know this Scout? Can you see the Scouting program working in this Scout? Does the Scout live by the Scout Oath and Law? What difference is this Scout making in our greater community? What about the small differences? And the big ones?

If you were thinking of a Scout anything like the one I was thinking about, then I have to say – I am proud to know that we have 31,236 Scouts in the Mid-America Council. Scouting is a positive force in those kids’ lives – but also in the lives of people who aren’t even involved. We provide food for people who don’t have it. We teach kids to speak in public and take leadership roles. We are active in the outdoors and responsible with nature. What parent doesn’t want these things for their children?

I don’t have any Scouting advice today – or announcements of new initiatives – or anything of the like. I just wanted to ask you to take a moment and think about your personal reasons for believing in the Scouting program. It feels good to pause sometimes and think about why we believe in the things we do.  Have a great day!


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